Jim Nyamu has just walked 4000 km in a personal quest to save elephants. “Ivory Belongs To Elephants” follows his epic trek from Kenya to Botswana and his effort to raise the alarm that elephants face extinction in our lifetimes. While following the path of these regal mammals, Nyamu experienced both roadblocks and a big welcome from wildlife officials, rangers, and local communities in 5 African countries. The variety of his welcome is not surprising, considering that many southern African countries favor the sale of elephant ivory to fund their conservation efforts. It’s a policy adamantly opposed by Nyamu and Kenyan officials, who believe it will serve as a cover for the illegal ivory trade. A film by Jackie Lebo.
Alim Hirji, an elite table tennis athlete, shares his experiences in the sport and his personal journey to success.
Snakes are some of the most vilified creatures on earth, responsible for 900 deaths a year in Kenya. But they play a vital role in the rural environment by controlling the rodent population. Kenyan scientists say people and snakes can be better protected and that poisonous snakes are the only source of life-saving anti-venom. Travel to Baringo County which has the highest rate of snake fatalities in Kenya. Meet the snake scientists of Bio Ken Snake Farm in Watamu, who collect snake venom and respond to the public’s emergency calls to remove snakes from their property. A film by Maurice Oniang’o & Alan Oyugi.
The Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center USA, in collaboration with the Consulate General of Pakistan in Houston, Asia Society Texas Center, and Aga Khan Museum, presents Sanam Marvi. a master Sufi and folk musician whose influence cuts across linguistic, cultural, and geographic boundaries.
Food waste is one of the leading causes of climate change. Farmers in Kenya are lasting up to 50% of their harvest when their crops are rejected for cosmetic reasons or dumped because of last-minute order cancellations. Millions of tons of food waste end up in landfills and the decomposition creates methane. Food waste generates as much greenhouse gases as road transport and four times the level of aviation. Activists say this should not be happening in a country where many still suffer from hunger. A film by Marete Selvin and Cyprian Ogoni.
Mount Kenya is a sacred place for the Kikuyus who live below its southern and western slopes. The people are agriculturalists, who make use of the highly fertile volcanic soil. They also believe that Mount Kenya is God’s resting place. This is a story about their worries as the rivers turn into dry furrows and climate change impacts the once mighty glaciers. The film also answers the most troubling question: “could this be the last generation to climb this age-old ice?” The answer comes from glaciologists who compare photos of the Lewis Glacier today with those from a 1912 British expedition to Mount Kenya. A film by Marete Selvin.
An Ismaili TV Original series for the Farsi and Dari speaking Jamats. This episode focuses on Covid-19 prevention and risks for individuals and communities.
This episode celebrates the contributions of Indigenous artists during June - Canada's Indigenous People's month. A moving piece by Indigenous performers Cris Derksen and Moe Clark, 'Refuge in Truth' is a piece that looks at notions of displacement and alienation and how memory can help reclaim the space of belonging and connection. It is inspired by our Sanctuary Exhibition and performed in the gallery. An excerpt by Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate George Elliot Clarke discusses the diversity within the Indigenous Turtle Island Community. Juno award-winning Jeremy Dutcher's artist residency presentation and interview with the CBC's Sook-Yin Lee are featured to close the episode, his music video 'Mehcinut.
Celebrate spring and Navroz as Dr. Ulrike Al-Khamis, curator at the Aga Khan Museum talks about how the world is coming alive this time of year, experience the uplifting performances of Montreal artists Kiya Tabassian and Hamin Honari, and hear a warm conversation between Dr. Filiz Cakir Phillip and Marianne Fenton on the fascination with tulips, a favorite springtime flower.
The Indian Ocean is one of East Africa’s greatest assets, but sadly, it is under serious threat. Large-scale urbanization and population growth have created an environmental crisis, one major issue being that of waste management. This film seeks to address this problem by documenting the effects of untreated sewage on the ecosystem and the health of marine and human populations in the Mombasa city area. A film by Alan Oyugi.
Explore the exchange and connectivity between different Asian cultures with The Aga Khan Museum. Beginning in South Asia, a pocket performance on the bansuri by Hasheel showcases this unique cultural tradition followed by a discussion between curator Dr. Marika Sardar and Dr. Katherine Anne Paul on one of the most eye-catching pieces in the Museum's collection. Learn how a magnificent object made in China in the 15th century ended up at a court in India in the 17th century. Museum volunteer Jane Liu reflects on the beauty of the work's colorful clouds and mists and how they remind her of a motif in Chinese art. The episode closes with a glorious performance on the pipa from renowned artist Wen Zhao presenting traditional music from China.
In a conversation with Zahra Jivan, city builder and civic leader Zahra Ebrahim share stories from her projects to show the link between design and justice, and especially how we can frame problems in a people-centered manner to enable individuals to design their own solutions.
How the institutions have been working to bring the Imam's vision to life and what is our role as his ambassadors to create a more pluralistic society.
Ismaili Centre Lisbon highlights stories with very different origins and life experiences, but all of them with a link to the history of the Imams and the community itself.
When the fishermen of Ras Fumba on Zanzibar Island discovered that their catch was rapidly decreasing they took action. Outsiders were ruining the marine environment by overfishing and the use of poisons and dynamite. With the help of the local government and international NGOs, they set up patrols on the newly created Menai Bay Conservation Area. Now visitors from around the world come to see how this local initiative conserved the marine environment. A film by Richard Magumba.
Join us as we host an in-flight conversation with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station. Organized by the Ismaili Council for the Southwestern US in collaboration with NASA, this exciting broadcast will feature questions from middle school students and special messages from key elected and state officials.
In the 1980s, 155,000 giraffes roamed the African landscape. Today, estimates put the population at less than 100,000 - a drop of almost 40%. In some areas traditionally regarded as prime giraffe habitats, numbers have dropped by more than 95%. After the ban on elephant trophies, 40,000 giraffe parts have been imported into the United States, to make luxury pillows and cowboy boots. This film explores the steps being taken by dedicated individuals and organizations to preserve and protect this great animal. A film by Hassan Mugambi & David Kabiru.
In recognition of International Museum Day, the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center USA in collaboration with the High Museum of Art-Atlanta, Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University, and the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto presents a discussion on the role of museums in bridging cultures and developing solutions for the social, economic and environmental challenges of the present.
An Ismaili TV Original series for the Farsi and Dari-speaking Jamats. This episode focuses on Eid ul-Fitr and its significance and meaning in the Muslim tradition, with an added focus on Shia and Ismaili traditions.
Cheetahs, the world's fast land mammals, are racing towards extinction. In 1975, 14,000 cheetahs roamed Africa. Today there are only 7,100 cheetahs left in all of Africa and only 600 in Kenya. The biggest reason for their decline here is the fencing off of Kenya's wild spaces. Uncontrolled development cuts off the wildlife corridors needed by this most endangered of the big cats. This is a story about the cheetah’s fight for survival as they leap into the 21st Century. A film by Teeku Patel & Amit Ramrakha.

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